This working group will bring together professors, librarians, museum curators, postdocs, and doctoral students to continue and expand interdisciplinary discussions about Manuscript Studies. The working group will consider the practical, theoretical, and historical methods used in the field of Manuscript Studies and discuss the advantages and disadvantages digital platforms offer this field. By creating a multi-disciplinary environment to discuss these topics, we can better understand and critique why we use various techniques across disciplines and what the implications are for such decisions. In addition to broader discussions, the working group’s eight sessions will also focus on the techniques and complications in specific areas of Manuscript Studies. These areas include: paleography, the ability to read different scripts and handwriting; codicology, the study of the physical characteristics of a book; textual criticism, the skill of turning a manuscript into a readable and accessible edition for public use; diplomatics, the study of charters and other legal documents; and digital humanities, the digital tools and techniques which provide new ways to analyze and understand manuscript sources.
Leads Suzanne Akbari, FAS English and Medieval Studies Kari North, Ph.D. candidate, History
Faculty, University of Toronto Alexander Andrée, FAS Medieval Studies and St. Michael’s College Alexandra Bolintineanu, FAS Medieval Studies and Woodsworth College Adam Cohen, FAS Art Mairi Cowan, UTM Historical Studies Alexandra Gillespie, UTM English & Drama Shami Ghosh, FAS History and Medieval Studies Mark Meyerson, FAS History and Medieval Studies Michèle Mulchahey, FAS L.E. Boyle Chair in Manuscript Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Jeannie Miller, FAS Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Linda Northrup, FAS Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Cillian O’Hogan, FAS Medieval Studies Natalie Rothman, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies Maria E. Subtelny, FAS Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Jarrett Welsh, FAS Classics
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto Andrew Dunning, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and the University of Cambridge Faculty of History
Staff, University of Toronto P.J. (Pearce) Carefoote, Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Librarian, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) Natalie Oeltjen, Assistant to the Director, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Heather Pigat, Collections Manager, University of Toronto Art Museum
Graduate Students, University of Toronto Justin Arnwine, Medieval Studies Alessia Berardi, Medieval Studies Gregory Fewster, Study of Religion Cai Henderson, Medieval Studies Jessica Henderson, Medieval Studies Lara Howerton, Medieval Studies Lale Javanshir, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations Jared Johnson, Medieval Studies Julia Mattison, English Kari North, History Matthew Orsag, Medieval Studies Lane Springer, Medieval Studies Patrick Strange, Study of Religion Steven Teasdale, History Nora Thorburn, Medieval Studies